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Jillene’s Blog: Produce Lifehacks
Written by Jillene on October 24, 2019
Fair warning: I might not be telling you anything new in this blog. But, since I learned something new that’s really made my life easier, I thought I’d share it with you too!
I eat a lot of fresh produce, but because I live by myself, I have to eat it quickly or else it spoils. Or so I thought! I got tired of bitter blueberries and soggy spinach so I finally used that thing called the Internet to help me. I’ve been using these life-hacks for a couple weeks now and you know what? They actually work!
Blueberries: Don’t store them in a sealed dish like I was doing! Wash the berries and the plastic container they come in, then line the container with paper towel and your blueberries will stay fresh for up to a week.
Romaine lettuce: Wrap in paper towel and store in plastic bag. If you buy the romaine hearts like I do, you can wash out the bag they come in and re-use that!
Leafy spinach: The kind I use comes pre-washed, so I put it in a sealed container lined with a paper towel and my spinach stays crunchy for 7-10 days.
Grapes: Did you know that grapes don’t like to be washed until you eat them? Yep! When you get them home from the store, don’t wash them. Store in a plastic Ziploc bag (no paper towel needed on this one), but don’t seal the bag all the way… and don’t wash them until you’re ready to eat them. I wash mine in the morning and put in another plastic baggie until I eat them and they stay good for about a week!
Green Onions: Keep fresh by putting the roots in a glass of water and then covering with a plastic bag! They’ll stay fresh and actually start to regrow.
Zucchini: My zucchini stays fresher when I put it into a sealed plastic bag, rather than just store on the counter or in the produce drawer in my fridge.
(I’d like to point out that I’m re-using the same plastic bags for most of the above items each week. I re-use small baggies whenever I can too! If they’re only holding grapes, they get re-used until they’re falling to shreds. I suppose my next life-hack will be to get more reusable lunch gear…)